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On The Level

Candid, in-depth, and always revealing, On The Level catches up with artists during their visit to the Sydney Opera House, discussing their careers, inspirations, and preparations for their performance.

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Antidote 2021

Enjoy a selection of talks from economist and politician Yanis Varoufakis, award-winning writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsch, journalist and environmentalist Elizabeth Kolbert and more recorded at Antidote 2021.

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Antidote is an annual festival of ideas, action and change. Watch inspiring conversations and creative solutions as thinkers, artists and change maker respond to these turbulent times.

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actually autistic: all about women 2023

Nearly 80% of autistic women are mis- or un-diagnosed - but every day we’re learning more about this disability. Chloe Hayden, Grace Tame & Jac den Houting discuss what it’s actually like to be autistic.

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all about women 2022

Revisit highlights from All About Women 2022 on demand including talks with Roxane Gay, Grace Tame & Rosie Batty, and Clementine Ford.

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iran: woman, life, freedom: all about women 2023

Iranian-Australian women give an inside look at the woman-led revolution in Iran, the power of protest, and how Australians can be allies at this incredible moment in history.

All About Women 2023 | Bikini Kill, Chloe Hayden, Grace Tame, Flex Mami & more

If you missed it back in March, here’s your chance to experience All About Women, our annual celebration of extraordinary thinkers, writers and artists that poses vital questions about gender equality and justice.

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Nigella Lawson | A Celebration of Home Cooking

Nigella Lawson knows that food brings people together. The much-loved home cook returned to the Opera House in January 2018 after a sold out event in 2016, with recipes and stories as entertaining as they are nourishing.

Liane Moriarty | Apples Never Fall

Apples Never Fall is a deep dive into tranquil suburbia, following a pair of retired tennis coaches, Joy and Stan Delaney, their children and Joy's mysterious disappearance.

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ANTIDOTE 2021: Uluru Statement from the Heart

On the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Uluru Statement from the Heart called for Australians to stand for real change. Join two of its authors for an urgent discussion about the future of Indigenous rights.

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The Body Free and Powerful: Olivia Laing: Antidote 2022

The body is the arena where power and politicised control play out. Join Olivia Laing as she examines how bodies encounter oppression and resistance, and reshape the world.

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Brian Cox: The Evil in Us All: Antidote 2022 (Highlights)

As an actor for stage and screen, Brian Cox has built a brilliant career on getting under the skin of tyranny. His depiction of the tyrannical media patriarch, Logan Roy, in the television series Succession, embodies the mixture of repulsion and envy felt towards the ultra-rich elites.

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Jarvis Cocker: Good Pop Bad Pop: Antidote 2022

The legendary pop pioneer opened his attic crawl space where he hoarded objects for 20 years. He tells us what he found there and how the things we keep hidden say more about us than those we put on display.

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Malcolm Turnbull AC & Ed Coper: Unfriend the Algorithm: Antidote 2022

Rioters stormed the US Capitol to overturn a presidential election. Medical professionals cite COVID treatment myths, despite no scientific proof.

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The World Turned Upside Down: Antidote 2022

The cross benches in our federal parliament got quite a bit more crowded at this year's election. Will this Independents movement continue to grow? And how will they enact their agenda with the new government?

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Where do we go from here?: Antidote 2022

With growing momentum to enact the Uluru Statement from the Heart, is a meaningful change for First Nations people and our country finally really on the agenda?

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A Higher Calling: Antidote 2022

These high-achievers sacrificed successful careers in journalism to take up the rigorous study necessary to become medical doctors. What drives such a sacrifice, and how does it feel to be called to serve?

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Welcome to the Pandemicene: Antidote 2022

The climate crisis has created a unique situation that has the potential to breed many more viruses. So is Covid just the start? Then where do we go next?

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matriarchies & movements: all about women 2023

The leadership of Indigenous women has long focused on responsibilities to community and country. You're invited to discover where this approach intersects and conflicts with mainstream feminism today.

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maybe baby: all about women 2023

These days, there's a lot to consider when it comes to reproductive choice. Our panellists share their research and lived experiences about biological clocks, climate anxiety, and the latest in fertility science.

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goodbye girlboss: all about women 2023

We know what it's like to lean in, but maybe it's time to lean back? Join our panellists as they chat about the next generation of feminists putting the girlboss to bed.

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who made me spokesperson?: all about women 2023

Activism requires individuals to speak up. But often, advocates are asked to represent an entire group. How does it feel to be made responsible for the voice of a whole community?

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bodies that got left behind: all about women 2023

Over the last 20 years, the ideal body has evolved through different fashions - but is still limited to a narrow norm. Our presenters celebrate the body shapes that still aren't allowed to fit.

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actually autistic: all about women 2023

Nearly 80% of autistic women are mis- or un-diagnosed - but every day we're learning more about this disability. Join our panellists to hear what it's actually like to be autistic.

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bikini kill speaks: all about women 2023

The legendary 90s feminist punk band Bikini Kill are finding their music and ideas more relevant than ever. They join Marieke Hardy for an exclusive conversation about activism, music, and women taking up space.

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the war on women: all about women 2023

From the repression of women in Iran to the rollback of abortion rights in the US, the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the continuing fight for rights for First Nations people and justice for victims of sexual assault, there appears to be a global war against women.

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jennette mccurdy: all about women 2023

In this Australian exclusive conversation, Jennette dives into her struggles as a former child actor—including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother—and how she retook control of her life.

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all about women 2023

Join us from wherever you are!
A selection of ten talks at All About Women will be livestreamed from our stages in 2023, meaning you can catch keynote talks from Bikini Kill, Jennette McCurdy, Grace Tame and so many more even if you can't make it to the House on the day.

DeRay Mckesson - The Case For Hope (2019)

Available worldwide from 27 Sep 2023
A leader in the Black Lives Matter movement, DeRay Mckesson places the idea of shared hope for a better future at the core of his activism, in this vital conversation with Faustina Agolley, filmed at Antidote 2019.

Pussy Riot / Zona Prava - In Conversation (2014)

Available worldwide from 2 Oct 2023
Pussy Riot’s feminist, punk protests drew attention to the abuses of Putin’s regime, work which continued through their NGO, Zona Prava. They joined us at the 2014 Festival of Dangerous Ideas to talk about their work. (Stream Premiere)

An Evening with Stephen Hawking (2015)

Available worldwide from 13 Sep 2023
The late physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking visited us via livestream hologram technology for his first-ever Australian public lecture in April 2015. His daughter, Lucy Hawking, and physicist Paul Davies, joined us in the Concert Hall to introduce his work. (Stream Premiere)

An Evening with Harold - Livestream (2023)

Available worldwide from 18 Oct 2023
Conversation meets classical performance at this livestreamed special event celebrating the life and contribution of Harold Blair, the first Australian Aboriginal opera singer and performer at the House in 1973. (Premiere)

Jamie Oliver - In Conversation

Watch the renowned Jamie Oliver's Australian exclusive conversation with Melissa Leong.